Our physicians are experienced and dedicated in managing Type 1 / Type 2 diabetes. We offer onsite Continuous Glucose Monitoring system (CGMS)and Insulin pump training. We have a registered dietitian and Certified Diabetic Educator on staff
Frequently Asked Questions
Blood glucose readings help you and your healthcare team evaluate how well your current diabetes treatment plan is working for you. Monitoring blood sugars regularly can help assess what part of your treatment plan, if any needs to be changed.
Please discuss testing times with your physician since testing times are specific to your diabetes treatment plan.
Please discuss this with your physician since it is specific to your diabetes treatment plan.
It is important to remember that approved meters can yield results that vary by up to 20%. All name brand meters have been FDA approved. It is suggested that blood glucose meters should be replaced every 3-5 years to ensure accuracy. Always check the expiration date on test strips, as expired test strips can effect meter accuracy.
Insulin can be administered with a vial and syringe, through a pen, or an insulin pump.
No. The goal for all diabetes care plans is to maintain normal blood sugars. Often insulin is used in conjunction with diet and exercise to achieve optimal blood glucose control.
Hypoglycemia means your blood sugar is less than 70 mg/dL. Low blood sugars can be dangerous and must be treated immediately.
If you are able, test your blood sugar. A blood glucose reading less than 70 is considered low. Common signs of low blood sugar include heart racing trouble concentrating, shakiness, sweating, weakness or increased irritability.
Hypoglycemia may be life threatening. If left untreated, hypoglycemia may lead to lack of consciousness, coma or death.
We recommend using the rule of 15 to treat hypoglycemia. Consume 15 grams of fast acting carbohydrate (Any one of the following options: 4 ounces regular soda; 4 ounces juice; 4 glucose tablets) and wait 15 minutes. Check your blood sugar again after 15 minutes to make sure you are no longer less than 70. If still less than 70 then repeat the treatment.
Chocolate is not recommended. The fat in chocolate slows down how quickly carbohydrates get into your system. Remember, hypoglycemia can be dangerous, and we want to solve the problem quickly.
Carbohydrates cause a rise in blood sugar. Carbohydrates are found in foods like bread, cereal, rice, pasta, potatoes, corn, fruit and fruit juice, milk, yogurt and desserts. Carbohydrates are also found in sweet teas, regular sodas, sports drinks and alcohol.
You can eat carbohydrates, but you must be aware of how many. Work closely with a dietitian who can help customize your meal plan and carbohydrate intake.
Most sugar free foods do contain carbohydrates and need to be limited.
Fruit contains carbohydrates and must be counted as such. Talk with a dietitian to determine how much fruit is allowed in your meal plan.
Regular soda has a lot of carbohydrates. Diet soda does not have carbohydrates, but that does not mean it is healthy for you. To quench your thirst, consider water or unsweetened beverages.